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The restless Universe

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The restless Universe


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The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route from classical to quantum physics will be laid out for you in this free course without recourse to challenging mathematics but with the fundamental features of theories and discoveries described in sufficient detail to whet your appetite for further physics study.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the meaning of all the emboldened terms introduced in this course
  • explain what is meant by a physical world-view and describe some of the major world-views that have emerged during the evolution of physics
  • describe some of the major concepts of physics, give brief biographical sketches of some of the major contributors to the development of physics and name some of the major events that have helped to shape the subject
  • comment on some of the philosophical issues that are raised by the study of physics.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 30/05/2019

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